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LXI     ARCHITECTURE UNDER MONGOLS   239
supported by galleries, is remarkably graceful and well
proportioned. The western gallery, which is entered
from the second court, was the gift of Shah Abbas in
A.H. 999 (1601). Its inside walls are decorated with
artistic frescoes of flowers.
The tomb of the Saint, composed of blocks of
yellow marble, is placed beneath the dome, the most
ancient part of the structure. This, as the inscription
shows, was erected in A.M. 840 (1437) by Ahmad Shah,
of the Bahmanid dynasty of the Deccan, who was the
Saint's disciple. The doors, of sandal-wood, are falling
into hopeless decay. The tomb of Shah Khalil Ulla, the
grandson of the Saint, lies behind a lattice. The eastern
gallery opens out on to a lovely courtyard through a
gateway supported by two smaller minarets. In it are
cypress-trees and flower-beds and a cruciform tank of
running water.                              , ^;." '. v
The Shrine possesses a distinct charm, due perhaps to
the combination of tiles, greenery, and running water,
•glorified by the deep blue of the cloudless Persian sky,
and its dainty beauty makes a .deep impression on the
traveller.